13 of 18 portraits of Robert Southey
by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after Thomas Phillips
8 1/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (207 mm x 144 mm) plate size; 10 3/8 in. x 7 1/4 in. (262 mm x 183 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
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Events of 1815back to top
Current affairsJohn and James Leigh Hunt are released from prison after a two year sentence for slandering the Prince of Wales in their outspoken, radical periodical the Examiner.Corn Laws are introduced to protect against the collapse in prices which would inevitably follow peace with France, prompting riots in London.
Art and scienceHumphry Davy invents the miners' safety lamp though its reception is clouded by William Clanny and George Stephenson who present rival models in the same year. British Institution arranges first in innovative series of Old Master exhibitionsprovoking virulent attack on its patrons for neglecting contemporary art.
InternationalNapoleon returns to France from exile in Elba and resumes power until his abdication on 22 June; a period known as the 'Hundred Days'. Battle of Waterloo concludes the Anglo-French struggle that had lasted more than a century. Peace of Vienna establishes Britain's global political, economic and imperial dominance which lasts for the next hundred years.
Exhibitions and displays
- Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: 1816 – 1855
Until 14 August